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Brewed by Duyck
Style: Bière de Garde
Jenlain, France
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip

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RATINGS: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The festive season just wouldn’t be the same without this speciality beer whose arrival is always long-awaited. The tradition of Christmas beers is particular to northern Europe. In the years following the Second World War, the breweries used to sell an original, richer and stronger beer at the same price as year-round beers: this was their gift to their customers. The Duycks have perpetuated this custom by creating a special beer sold at the usual price. Produced with more malt than Jenlain Ambrée (3 different types of malt made from French grown barley and 3 varieties of the most aromatic hops from Alsace), this top fermented, unpasteurized beer, best served at between 6 and 8°C, has a rich amber glow, a denser head and stronger alcohol content (6.8% alcohol by volume). Darker than the traditional amber beer, its torrefied undertones are reminiscent of flowers and caramel. And the 2002 Christmas beer had a hint of orange.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2004
Medium sized beige head. Dark amber body. Not much aroma. Full and malty with a little spice and low finishing bitterness. Pleasent enough - but nothing to cheer about.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2003
No head. Clear dark amber body. Aroma and flavor is mostly orange. Different but still nice!

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2003
Light amber color with a white head. The taste is sweet and oranges with notes of spices.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
soulrefugee (46) - Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Even though I'm a big fan of these rich types of ales, I just didn't like this one, and I got sick both times I drank it. Chimnay is much better if you insist on a european brew and are willing to pay more. Otherwise try an American brewed belgian ale such as OMMEGANG from OMMEGANG Brewing in Cooperstown N.Y. Its much better.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichardGretton (4277) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2002
Frothy red beer initially, but the head soon dies away. Rather a malty and wine feel to the aroma, and the flavour lacks depth as it is mainly bitter and burn’t flavours that come through. A good effort but I prefer the normal Jenlain beers.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2002
(Dark) amber colour with a nice off-white head (many small bubbles). Wonderfully fruity, lightly sweet aroma which practically makes your mouth water. Initial flavour is sweet (drops) and quite flowery!?! Well balanced by a fairly long, pleasantly bitter finish. My no. 1 French beer (so far anyway)!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
karsten (240) - odense, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2002
Citrusy, spicy and sweet. The distinctive nose and head of orange is very winter-like.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2002
Sweet and spicey. The orange finish gives the beer a special Christmas-touch.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10435) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2002
Amber coloured with medium head. Aroma is filled with chocolate and spices. Flavour is citrus and coriander. Has a bittersweet aftertaste. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mwesth (279) - Skovlunde, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2002
Nice amber biere de garde. Spicy, fullbodied. The aftertaste has some kind of orange-like bitternes, which I do not like.


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